Fern Creek to the Continental Divide Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"You’ll find solitude along this trail—at least after you hike away from the Ruby Lakes. There’s also abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. This hike is a great way to access the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) at Trout Lake. Sign the register, and begin hiking Fern Creek Trail 815 through the burn area. Several long switchbacks make the initial climb a moderate one. After 0.7 mile you’ll get a view to Antelope Park and the winding waters of the Rio Grande.
The first 4.5 miles of trail, adopted by the Creede OHV Club, are open to foot, horse, ATV, and mountain bike use. A large portion of the trail is above timberline; watch for afternoon thunderstorms. The Papoose Fire ravaged much of the area in June 2013, so use caution when hiking through the burn area."